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Critics reviews
Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2013
There’s not really any deep, substantive connective tissue between “Dead Ringers,” a truly great film, and the far lesser “R100,” which, with its flat, presumably intentionally dingy gray look, can be hard on the eyes. What connects the two movies is misogyny, but while “Dead Ringers” investigates the contempt for women, “R100” ends up embracing it with a big, goofy smile.
January 22, 2015
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if you’re willing to look past all thematic shallowness and calculated strangeness, there’s unlikely grace in Matsumoto’s endless flow of riotous ideas. Once liberated of the need for justification or significance, his set pieces follow their own insane, unstoppable logic, with each new twist yielding its own outré surprises, whether a disturbing talent for mimicry, an unlikely eulogy to a fallen comrade, or the sudden entrance of an English-speaking high priestess of pain.
January 17, 2015
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Thankfully, the tone of Matsumoto’s film verges more on the comical than the dramatic, relieving the audience from what would otherwise be an unbearably cheerless story. A thoughtful balance between wacky provocations and sociological precision, between outrageous invention and rational observation, is maintained.
February 11, 2014
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As the intensity and strangeness of the dominatrix visits escalate, R100 achieves a giddy, absurd comedy that is truly unique. In addition, the breaks in the action provided by the censorship committee bring to mind Godard’s joyful tactic of pointing out the cinematic apparatus… R100 is definitely not be for everyone, but for that segment of the audience who are on board with Matsumoto, the film will be a lot of fun.
January 24, 2014
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The film I’m most hesitant to recommend is “R100,” a new absurdist comedy by Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Hitoshi Matsuomoto (“Symbol”, “Big Man Japan”). Matsumoto hasn’t made a boring film yet, but “R100” is bizarre even by his outre standards… I wish I could praise Matsumoto’s latest more heartily, though the Adult Swim/arrested adolescent crowd is sure to love it. It’s as cheerfully nasty, and weirdly perky as the best cult film.
January 18, 2014
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